Re: look out! long-haired gun loon!

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Sun, 14 Dec 1997 22:20:44 -0800 (PST)

> If anyone can explain to me how discussion of instruments designed
> solely for the killing and maiming of other humans relates to the
> purpose of breaking out of entropy and moving human evolution along,
> I will listen.

Right after you explain to me how encouraging people to not
take responsibility for their own lives and safety furthers
any Extropian goal. Weapons exist because predators exist.
Denying that reality or pretending that non-violent means
are sufficient to counter the threat are grossly ignorant.
And relying on a small privileged class to pretect us from
that reality is grossly irresponsible.

Perhaps when there are technological alternatives that are
proven to work as effectively, then we can talk about ridding
the world of the admittedly barbarous technology of firearms.
But that technology is not here yet, and removing the only
proven technology from the hands of us--the architects of the
future--only gives the predators the upper hand in destroying
that future.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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